Friday, July 13, 2007

What would you pay?

While in NYC a magazine in my hotel room displayed on its cover Gustav Klimt's painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. This caught my eye as Klimt is one of my favorite artists. Inside the magazine a short blurb told of this work of art being on display in the Neue Galerie there in NYC. It also said, "The purchase made worldwide news due to its record-setting price tag of a reported $135 million, the highest sum ever paid for a painting." I vaguely recall reading all this when it happened. At any rate it doesn't seem to hold that status any longer.

Unconfirmed reports place No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock at the top selling for $140,000,000.
(BTW has anyone seen the movie Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? I highly recommend it. It's in the rental stores.)

I hope to see the Klimt in NYC though on closer examination I realized the date on the magazine is 2006. I know it would bring me great joy to see it. My heart would pound and I would think I was in heaven. I don't know why this happens to me but it does. I am moved by art. In the meantime I am working on my kitchen back splash which is going to hopefully look something like this:

Gustav Klimt, Tree of Life.


Blogger just me said...

Well, I don't want to sound completely uncultured, but I hadn't heard of him until you mentioned him here, so I had to do a little reading. I think I like his landscapes, and Porträt der Fritza Riedler. It would be something to see the actual painting. Came here today, got culture. Wow!

7/13/2007 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger ¿Yh8? said...

Ooooh, thanks for the tip on the "Who The ____ is Jackson Pollock" movie. I'm eager to see it.

Pollock's work has always gotten my curiosity, or maybe I should say, that the "value" and attention to his work has.

I can never get enough of documentary films about art.

7/13/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Just me- It's amazing if you do just a little study on an artist first and then go see the actual painting. I do love Klimt's landscapes also. But actually there is nothing of his I don't love. The colors he uses. The way he expresses that pale skin. The movement. I have no formal art education. That just what I see. Anyway glad I turned you on to something new. Your turn.

Yh8?- I can't say I understand his work but I find it totally intriguing. The movie was very interesting and entertaining. Let me know what you think.

7/13/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for the movie tip! Actually one I haven't seen!

I could never offer that much for anything "; (" but if I could, I'd pop for the Klimt, hands down! ; )

7/13/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

I remember that painting sale also,looked up the work and thought they were beautiful. I personally don't think a pollack painting should be worth that much but everyone has their opinion. In my office building we have an Andy Worhol painting and before the name was put p we all thought it was an ad for a new boot store. I know the painting must be worth a fortune , I think I'm going to have to take up painting. Have a great weekend Mary

7/13/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I'm the same way when on my way to an art show and while I'm there, I'm in my own world. I think your work is faaaabulous and love it when you post pictures. You are gifted, truly gifted.

7/13/2007 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Hmmmm.... Only $135 million, huh? Next week, maybe. ;-)

7/13/2007 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

I'm pretty sure that you will find at least one Klimt on display at MoMA. I've seen them there in the past, although I have to fess up I haven't made it there since the recent renovation. A great inspiration for your back splash; can't wait to see it!

7/13/2007 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

dear Mary,

I remember way back Van Gogh's Sunflowers sold for $3million and I had an old book with really nice color plates in it and I cut out the one of Sunflowers and put it on the wall in my cubicle and after a while one person recognized it and said "that sold for $3million."

peace, peter

ps: i mailed your shirts yesterday. thanks!

7/13/2007 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

When the National Art Gallery of Australia paid $4m for a Pollock (Blue Poles #11) in 1973 the citizens of Australia were angry. When they went to the Gallery to see that it was just paint spilled on a canvas, they were outraged. Times have changed, now we just laugh at it.

I don't get all this modern Art stuff, I'd rather have a Marcel Duchamp urinal any day, at least I could use that.

7/13/2007 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

amazing how a bit of paint on a canvas can make your breath catch in your throat and the tears come, isn't it?

7/13/2007 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I love Klimt and have the reproduction of The Kiss. I don't think I can afford the originals, especially at that price!

7/14/2007 06:33:00 AM  
Blogger No said...

"The Kiss" is still my favorite.

7/14/2007 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

CM- I just watched Naked World on demand on HBO last night. It's about the photographers Spencer Tunick.

Dawn- I think artists would just like to be paid well in their lifetime. Enjoy your weekend too Dawn.

Peacechick- I'm in awe of artists like I'm in awe of writers and musicians. Thank you for the compliment. You're kind.

Tom cat- Yeah me too.

JM- I THINK you are right. It may be a landscape. I am anxious to see one of these gold ones. It's a waste of money for me to go to MOmoa when I have the kids. They rush me.

Peter- I'm happy w/a reproduction.

WT- I admit I have to try hard to understand all the fuss over some of the modern art. Pollock is an intersting fellow but I haven't quite got it yet.

Hayden- Exactly.

La bellina- I do too. A small one is my room.

No-It's my favorite too.

7/14/2007 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

That kitchen backsplash is a work of art unto itself, it's so inticate and beautiful.

Call me a heathen, but people who pay that kind of cash for a painting are INVESTORS, not appreceiators. It's obscene what some people do with "their" money, saving a few thousand lives doesn't occur to them, I guess..

7/14/2007 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

I am sorry but I agree with S.W.Scream...You can have my Pollock for nothing...

7/14/2007 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger supergirlest said...

AWESOME!!!! i especially love your new mosaic!!!

i wish someone would buy one of my paintings for 135 mil. that would rock.

7/14/2007 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

SWS- Well I wouldn't buy a Pollock but maybe a Klimt. Though I'll be quite happy w/my reproduction of his work in the backsplash.

Cream- Sold!

Supergirlest- Don't congratulate me yet. I haven't done it. I have some tiles made and I'm trying to work out the design on the wall. Going slow. Don't want to mess up.

7/14/2007 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

If you can get your mosaic to look like that Klimt you will have the most beautiful kitchen on earth. I do hope you get to see the Klimt exhibit.

7/15/2007 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

Mary, if you get to NYC to see the Klimt be sure to stop for lunch at Cafe Sarbarsky in the Neue Galerie. It's a treat. I had a spaetzle that was to die for.

7/15/2007 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Your work is much better than Klimt's.

7/15/2007 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Your tree is fabulous!

7/16/2007 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

That painting of Adele
would make some awesome mosaic

In gold leaf in a bathroom or even above the fireplace - a similar mosaic/painting could fetch quite a price.

7/16/2007 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I'm not what you can call an artsy fartsy kind of guy. Don't get me wrong, I like art, but to pay that kind of price for a painting is like going to a casino to me. I would rather have my art in the form of words. Writing is what I love. It brings people together, and there is no price that can be put on it.

If I rant, or wax poetic, I still have made a point. A point that people have not had to pay for. That is true art, something from the heart and they did not have to pay for it. That is a true gift to the arts. If I was to do another form of art, I would make a clay copy of my ass for the rest of the world to see what they can kiss.

Now that is noble! I wait not on what man thinks or cares about. I'm busy trying not to be like them. Who knows, my words after I wax eloquent, may very well become another book in the bible. Old words tend to do that sometimes. The book of Donnie? Who knows, there is an invisible man in the sky after all. The book of Katrinacrat, now that does have a nice ring to it, does it not?

7/16/2007 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Pursey-I'ma tryin'.

Kvatch- That is just the kind of tip I love getting. Muchas gracias!

Yoga- How I wish!

Katie-Hopefully it will be once it goes through my translation.

Quasar- Hard to match that gold.

Donnie- Your expression through writing is a gift I wish I had. Certainly art.

7/16/2007 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn@ZelleBlog said...

A spatzle to die for? Oh Kvatch!

I love his work too, and I have not seen the Pollack movie but I will!

7/19/2007 07:45:00 AM  

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